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Doctor insights on: Thyroid Gag Reflex

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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What is a \gag reflex?

What is a \gag reflex?

Normal reflex: Gag reflex is a normal reflex where stimulation of the back of the throat will provoke choking and gagging. This reflex is often absent in patients with severe neurological injury (stroke) or head injuries. ...Read more

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How to stop your gag reflex?

How to stop your gag reflex?

Why would you want..: ...to stop your gag reflex? When procedures are done such as endoscopies, TEE's, and other procedures that require penetration deeply into the pharynx and beyond local anesthesia can be given. However, just in general, there'd be little cause to do this...unless it is severely interfering in some way with NORMAL daily activities. Please send more questions to: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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Whent i eat, i feel a gag reflex, why?

Whent i eat, i feel a gag reflex, why?

Gag eat: I need to look in your throat which we can do with your iPhone. Lets talk. ...Read more

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Why do we have a gag reflex? What controls it?

Why do we have a gag reflex? What controls it?

Gag reflex: Contraction of the back of the throat is triggered by an object touching the roof of the mouth & back of tongue is a protective mechanism to help prevent choking. The reflex action involves two nerves, one is sensory from the throat (Glossopharyngeal nerve) to the brain, and the other one the motor nerve (Vagus nerve) from the brain to the throat. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any way to nub the gag reflex?

Please let me know if there is any way to nub the gag reflex?

Gag reflex: Deep relaxation, numbing the mouth & throat, desensitization by training the soft palate to get used to being touched. I am assuming you meant "Numb" when you said "Nub". ...Read more

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How to prevent gag reflex at the dentist?

How to prevent gag reflex at the dentist?

Nitrous oxide: I have found that using nitrous oxide gas helps. However in extreme cases I have used sedation dentistry to put patients to sleep with high hag reflexes. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would a uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Hi docs, would a uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Uvula: Good question. Would not make any difference as the gag reflex doesn't come from one area. ...Read more